Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland weather warning as wind and snow sweep in from Arctic Canada

By Claire Williamson

Northern Ireland is set to be hit with strong winds and snow - possibly accompanied by lightning - this week as the Met Office has issued a weather warning.

Don't pack away the winter clothes just yet as temperatures are set to drop bringing wintry weather this week.

Snow showers are expected to develop from Wednesday evening lasting into Thursday.

The Met Office has warned these combined with strong winds of up to 55mph could lead to very poor travel conditions.

The Chief forecaster said: "Cold air originating over Arctic Canada will affect the area from Wednesday evening through Thursday, bringing snow showers and strong winds.

"Wind gusts up to 55 mph are expected in exposed coastal areas and on hills in association with snow showers, leading to temporary blizzard conditions.

"As well as reduced visibility, 2-5 cm of snow could accumulate anywhere within the warning area, with 10-20 cm possible above 300 m.

"Lightning may accompany the heaviest showers, with potential disruption to power supplies as a consequence."

The yellow warning for wind and snow will be in place from 6pm on Wednesday January 11 until Friday January 13 at 12pm.

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